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World waste could grow 70% as cities boom, warns World Bank

waste disposal

Global waste could grow by 70 per cent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish. Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report. The report calculated that a third of the ...

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World Rivers Day: Promoting stewardship, encouraging river conservation

River Niger

The World Rivers Day promotes stewardship, increases awareness and encourages river conservation across the globe, according to its promoters. Millions of people around the world will participate in the 2018 World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 23. With many of the world’s rivers facing increasing pressures associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, more than 70 countries are participating ...

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COP24 must ensure justice to vulnerable people, activists demand


As the UN-mandated discussions on loss and damage were concluded on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Bonn, experts are weighing in on the outcome and what needs to happen next at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Amidst the devastating storms in the Philippines, China and the USA, floods in Nigeria, India and record temperatures in many parts of the world, ...

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Barcelona Resilience Week to incite action in urban sturdiness

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Building on the success of previous editions of Barcelona Resilience Week (2015 and 2016) that fostered dialogue between technical and political representatives, the 2018 edition will push forward action to achieve the vision for sustainable and resilient cities set out in the 2030 Agenda. Organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the 2018 Barcelona Resilience Week, scheduled to ...

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Why farmers matter and must be listened to – Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), in a presentation at the Farmers’ Dialogue themed: “Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria” held in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday, September 21, 2018, stresses that, because small-scale farmers feed the world, they matter and must be listened to Farmers feed the world. This is an incontrovertible fact. Small scale or family ...

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Flood submerges Otuoke-Onuebum Road in Bayelsa

Seriake Dickson

The Otuoke-Onuebum Road in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been taken over by flood, as vehicles now pass through Elebele Road, a longer distance, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that Otuoke is the home town of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. A staff of the Federal University Otuoke (FUO), Mr Clever Ogbodi, told ...

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Government urged to promote agric waste-to-wealth projects

Farm waste

An agricultural expert, Mr Tunji Owoeye, on Friday, September 21, 2018 urged the government to provide an enabling environment to attract potential investors to invest in agricultural waste-to-wealth projects. Owoeye, who is the Managing Director, Elephant Group Plc., made this call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He noted that a lot of agricultural waste ...

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Paris Agreement: Study wants EU to stop sale of diesel, petrol cars by 2030

Electric cars

New diesel and petrol sales need to be stopped by 2030 to ensure that the Paris Agreement targets are met. The UK announced in 2017 that it aima to ban all sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. But a new report, commissioned by Greenpeace Belgium and conducted by German Aerospace Centre, has shown that this deadline needs ...

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Bees are Nigeria’s key to eco-friendly economic growth

Bee pollination

The economic value of Nigeria’s bees was brought into sharp focus in August 2018, when the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that bees could outstrip oil for economic activity. Furthermore, the minister responsible declared that ApiExpo Africa 2018 would focus on sustainability amid this potential. Clearly, the vast resources in rural Nigeria have caught the attention of national ...

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Valuers underline need for capacity development

Rowland Abonta

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has urged operators in the real estate surveying industry to improve on their capacity development. Mr Joe Idudu, a former President of the institution, said at a seminar organised by the Faculty of Estate Agency and Marketing Business Division of NIESV in Lagos on Thursday, September 20, 2018, that it was ...

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